Crete, Greece was our main destination for our honeymoon. We were there for a full week and it was amazing. We wanted to do more island hopping, to Santorini (the closest island), but we ended up staying in Crete the whole week. It’s a big island, a lot to explore!!
The little village we were in was called Koutouloufari. It was on the outskirts of Hersonissos. Here are a few pictures of us exploring our little town on the first day. (Check below for more information about what’s in the photos!)
Isn’t this little village adorable! After a three hour drive from Chania (where we flew in from Milan using Ryan Air), we were happy to get here.
We stayed at the Village Holiday Club, it stood out with its bright stucco, rooftop decks and a beautiful outdoor lounge area. Also not shown, it’s library and wine cellar. We strolled down the street outside our villas and again it was that awkward time where people haven’t opened for dinner and already finished early afternoon serving. Not a lot was open. Luckily, the adorable lady at Gevsi greeted us and treated us like family in her family owned restaurant. Her daughter was there practicing her english with us. They were so very kind. The food was delicious–I had the Moussaka (the one in the pottery casserole bowl), made up of eggplant, potatoes, spiced meat, and topped with a cheese. Jake had the Kleftiko, which was lamb, peppers, potatoes and a huge block of feta baked in the tin foil and ready to consume. Great flavor, it ended up being Jake’s favorite dish from the whole week in Greece.
While we were eating, a funeral service was going on right above us at the church shown in the pictures (taken later that night). There is a set of stairs near the restaurant that leads you to the church’s courtyard. The service was being projected through speakers so the whole village could hear it…which I thought was cool. Later as we were finishing up, the people who had attended all filed down the stairs and down the street (only one main road), with the priest leading the way. The women explained to us the tradition and greeted many of the passers-by. It felt like we were experiencing something so personal and intimate. I cherish that first experience, it’s one I won’t forget.
We later walked down to the water and explored the town below our village, Hersonissos. There we found the bakery which I would attend about every morning.
Random Travel Tip::: There is some intense driving in Greece. Mostly because of its narrow roads and lack of “rules.” Luckily, it was the same direction as the Unites States. The main highway is wider, but we soon found out that it is custom to use the shoulder of the road as the second lane. If you plan on driving a little slower, stay to the very edge of the right side. You might think it’s not a second lane because there is no line indicating that, but people will pass you when not ‘legal’ to do so. You have to stay to the edge. And you have to drive with confidence. Once we got into the village it’s a whole new type of driving. A crazy web of tiny tiny streets and then all of a sudden there will be a choice of big stairs or an alley that looks too tiny for a car to fit through. It’s a rush. They sometimes will have the rounded mirrors so you can see what’s coming around the corner. Have fun! 🙂